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The "fairness" of the ball depends on the rules in that particular stadium. In the 2004 playoffs a ball hit the catwalk in Houston in fair territory and was caught in fair territory, but was ruled foul, because of the rules at Minute Maid park. On the other hand in Minnesota, a ball atriking the catwalk is automatically fair whether it lands in fair territory or not.

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Depends on who the player is and where he is when hit by the ball. If player is in fair territory when he is hit it is a fair ball, if he is in foul territory it is foul. If player in on offense (team at bat) he is out if hit in fair territory. If player hit is on defense its playable if he is hit in fair territory and foul if he is hit in foul territory.

Actually, a bit of clarification is needed.

Whether or not a ball is fair or foul has ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the position of the of a fielder, or, for that matter, a base runner being hit. Fair or foul has EVERYTHING to do with the position of THE BALL in relation to the field when it hits said fielder or baserunner.

I've seen situations where managers argue up and down that a fly ball was fair when it was attempted to be caught by a third baseman standing on fair territory on the line was dropped - but that the fielder reached across the line to attempt the catch. The ball however was over foul territory when it struck the player's glove. People sometimes forget that it's ALWAYS the position of THE BALL that is the "defining moment."

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It's where the ball would have fallen originally so if the ball would have landed foul by the estimation of the umpire it would be ruled a foul ball. Also, if it was a play that didn't require uncommon effort to make the player that tried to make the play would be given an error.

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This is coming from an umpire if the ball lands foul and rolls fair without anything touching it.

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Between home and first or home and third: it depends on where the ball comes to rest, passes first or third, or is first touched. Regardless of the route of the ball:

1) if the ball comes to rest in fair territory, it is fair; if it comes to rest in foul territory, it is foul.

2) if the ball passes first or third in fair territory, it is fair; if it passes first or third in foul territory, it is foul.

3) if the ball is first touched by a player in fair territory, it is fair; if it is first touched by a player in foul territory, or it first touches an object that is considered out of play, it is foul.

Beyond first and third base:

1) if the ball first lands in fair territory, it is fair (the foul line and foul pole are in fair territory).

2) if the ball first lands in foul territory, it is foul.

3) if the ball leaves the playing field in fair territory, it is a fair ball (home run, ground rule double, etc.).

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Your question is difficult to understand because of the way it is worded, so I'll try and cover the whole fair/foul question.

Any caught fly ball is an out, regardless of whether the ball is in fair or foul territory when caught, unless it is caught in out-of-play territory, in which case it is just a foul ball.

Any ground ball that is first touched while the ball is in fair territory is a playable fair ball, regardless of what happens after the touch, unless and until it goes into out-of-play territory.

Any ground ball that is first touched while the ball is in foul territory is a foul ball, regardless of what happens after the touch; if it is never touched, it is a foul ball.

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It depends on the location of the ball, not the location of the fielder or of his feet.

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it is a foul ball as long as someone in fair territory didnt touch it first

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well if its rolls into fair territory before it passes either the third or first base then it would be fair

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If the batter hits the ball and it hits any part of a field player or their glove before it falls or rolls into foul territory it is indeed a fair ball.

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